1S8 HOSTS. 1ACQUHMOHT*S DESCRIPTION OF BB1NDJC-BAN. of people coming from long disiances merely for the sake of dying on holy ground, all among Hie monk-eys—which he describes as a most intolerable nuisance—together with the frantic idolatry that he saw rampant all aroitndj and the grotesque resemblance- of the Bairagis to the- henmts and ascetics of the ear- lier ages of Ohrlstiaxutyj seem, to have given the worthy missionary such a shock that his remarks on the braidings are singularly Yagne and indiscriminating. Mons. Yictor Jacquemont* who passed through Brinda-ban in the cold weather of 1829-30, has left rather a fuller description. He says, " This is a very ancient city, and I should say of more importance even than Mathura. It is considered one of the most sacred of all among the Hindus, an. advantage which Mathura also possesses, bat in a less degree. Its temples are visited by multitudes of pilgrims, who perform their ablutions in. the river at the differ- ent ghats, which are very fine. All the buildings are constructed of red sand- stone, of a closer grain and of a lighter and less disagreeable colour than that used at Agra : it comes from the neighbourhood of Jaypur, a distance of 200 miles. Two of these temples have the pyramidal form peculiar to the "early Hindu style, but without the little turrets which, in the similar buildings at Benares seeni to spring out of the main tower that determines the shape of the edifice. They have a better effect, from being more simple, but are half in ruins." (The temples that he means are Madan Mohan and Jugal Kishor). " A larger and more ancient ruin is that of a temple of unusual form. The interior of the nave is like that of a Gothic church; though a village church only, so far as size goes. A quantity of grotesque sculpture is pendent from the dome, and might be taken for pieces of turned wood.* An immense number of beEs, large and small, are carved in relief on the supporting pillars and on tie walls, worked in the same stiff and ungainly style. Many of the independent Bajas of the west, and some of their ministers (who have robbed them well no doubt) ar© now bnilding at Brinda-basa in a different style, which, though less original, is in better taste, and are indulging in the costly ornamentation of pierced stone tracery, Next to Benares, Brinda-baa is the largest purely Hindu city that I have seen. I could not discover in it a single mosque. Its suburbs are thickly planted with fine trees, which, appear from a distance like an island of vexdnre uftt9«s$ady plain." (These are the large gardens beyond the tem- ple of Madan Motatij on the old Delhi road.) " The Doab, which can be seen * Ti» description of the temple of Gobind Dera ia Thornton's Gazetteer contain! the Miowlng seEteme®, vhieh had often puzzled me. He says:—«3?rom the ranlted roof nraaeroas Idol® smddy carred in wood.** He hat evidently misunderstood Moni. J«sqttea»ot*s memaiiig, who xefen not to aoy idoli, but to the curious qaasi-pendeative«, like It- etees* iluit Qmvneni the doaxe.